The Morgan State Bears men’s basketball team advanced to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Tournament championship after easily beating cross-town rival Coppin State in the semifinals, March 14 in Norfolk, Va.

The Bears dominated the game from the start and went into the locker room at halftime with a lead of nearly 20 points, 47-28. Morgan State’s defense was stifling in the second half as the Bears were able to maintain their comfortable lead until the finish.

Bears senior guard Justin Black had another outstanding performance, scoring a game-high 30 points, while fellow senior center Ian Chiles added a double-double of 18 points with 11 rebounds, along with six blocks; senior guard Anthony Hubbard had 12 points with 9 dimes.

Coppin State’s leading scorer Anthony Armstrong scored just 13 points.

No. 3 seed Morgan State will challenge No. 1 seed North Carolina Central for the conference tournament title. The winner takes an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament in April.


Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor